1972 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Over the past 105 years, Chevrolet has built such a vast empire of lovable offerings that some of them just seem to get overlooked. Possibly the most substantial victim of that unfortunate phenomenon is the storied Monte Carlo. Introduced in 1970, and proudly parked in over half a million driveways during its first three years of production, the brand's 'personal luxury coupe' was decidedly cool. And, not as ostentatious as a Corvette or as boorish as a Camaro, the car spent most of its life as the poster child for evolving automotive tastes.
This classy Monte is a solid cruiser that's benefitted from careful restoration as needed. And if you're looking for an awesome classic that's clean, attractive and ready to roll, you simply won't find more muscle for the money!
Mulsanne Blue Metallic done right, plenty of brite work, and a black vinyl top drape this '72 “Luxo-Mod” (“Look! Up in the sky, it's a muscle car. No it's a luxury car!) Rally Rims are noted on all 4 corners. True to form 1972 Monte Carlo through and through. A few frowns on the exterior mainly the quintessential late 60's early 70's nagging problem with B pillar rusting, and this Monte Carlo is no exception. Major bubbling can be seen under the vinyl top on both sides, and bubbling in the paint is seen all around the roofline where the brite work meets the paint. See photos for extent of the damage. Gaps in trunk lid where it meets the rear bumper are a bit off, and some rusting can be seen on the rear bumper.
Saddle Brown correct interior buckets with vinyl and stitching covers the seats, door panels, arm rests, and back bench seat. A saddle vinyl padded dash covers the passenger side, and faux burl veneer fronts the dash from centerline to driver's door. All gauges reside within the burl. Standard GM Monte Carlo steering wheel fronts the dash. Air conditioning, power steering, and power brakes are installed. Aftermarket triple gauges hang from the dash, and provide extra vitals info for the car. Brown carpet, showing some age is beneath all the Saddle Vinyl seating. The console has a dual lever shifter that drips of 1970's space travel, and splits the buckets while providing an armrest and storage.
Taking a gaze into the engine bay one sees a newer 350ci Crate engine, with aluminum heads and intake courtesy Edelbrock. An Edelbrock AFB style carburetor, HEI distributor, and Hooker long tube headers. A 350 Turbo Hydramatic automatic transmission backs this clean and well done mill.
Up on the lift we can see the meat of the operation from underside, and note power steering, front disc brakes, and the long tube headers morph into a 2-1/2 inch pipes. Floor pans appear virtually new, and they may be but it cannot be confirmed. No surface rust is present overall.
The 72 Monte Carlo is easily the nicest A-Body car that General Motors ever produced. This example, with its great stance and deep rumble, has few faults, and runs beautifully, starts quickly, and shifts smoothly.